African OSS developer workshop launched at Idlelo

By   |  January 14, 2004

The Tactical Technology Collective(TacticalTech) used this week’s Idlelo open source conference in Cape Town, South Africa, to announce a workshop aimed at building the free software and open source developer community on the continent. The conference, called Africa Source, is to be held in Namibia from March 15 to March 19 this year.

According to Tactical Technology Collective’s Marek Tuszynski the practical workshop will “for the first time, bring together Free and Open Source Software (F/OSS) developers from across Africa. Participants and facilitators will share technical skills and experiences, discuss key challenges in realizing F/OSS projects, and
develop concrete strategies for strengthening the nascent community of F/OSS technologists working in Africa.”

Tuszynski says the Africa Source workshop will include both structured discussions and hands-on work. Participants and facilitators will share skills and experiences, discuss techniques applicable in each phase of the life of a free software project as well as look at ways of overcoming specific development challenges.

Topics on the agenda include wireless networking and alternative access methods; customizing and deploying GNU/Linux distributions; localisation and multi-language development; designing and implementing large web applications; Open Source database tools; desktop GNU/Linux and GUI application development; and streaming media and internet broadcasting.

The workshop is being organised by the Tactical Technology Collective, the AllAfrica Foundation, and SchoolNet Namibia, in cooperation with the Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA).

For more information visit http://www.tacticaltech.org or send an email to africasource@tacticaltech.org

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